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How to Replace the Shocks and Struts in a Toyota Tundra

by Contributor

Your Toyota Tundra is great for hauling and the extended cab provides a comfortable ride for passengers. But if you let your shocks and struts get worn, you need to replace them to keep the things you're hauling in the bed and the people you're hauling unbruised. The typical replacement guideline is 60,000 miles under normal driving conditions.

Replace the Front Shocks or Struts in a Tundra

Step 1

Lift the front end of the Tundra with a floor jack and support it by the frame with jack stands. Use a tire iron to loosen and remove the nuts holding the wheels on and set the wheels aside.

Step 2

Use a wrench and a ratchet to remove the lower retaining bolt holding the shock behind the wheel hub. Remove the upper mounting nuts and pull the shock or strut out from under the Tundra. Repeat this step on the other side of the truck.

Step 3

Attach the shock or strut to the upper mounting nuts in the frame and set the dial on the torque wrench to 47 foot lb. Tighten each mounting nut until you feel the wrench slip. Insert the lower mounting bolt and nut and torque them to 100 foot lb. Repeat this step on the other side of the Tundra.

Mount the front wheels and lower the front end. Have a professional check the wheel alignment.

Replace the Rear Shocks in a Tundra

Step 1

Raise the rear end of the Tundra and support it by the frame on jack stands. Remove the rear wheels. Locate the shocks behind the wheel hubs under the rear end of the truck. They look like tubes that slide in and out of each other, with one end connecting to the frame and the other to the back of the wheel hub.

Step 2

Remove the nuts and bolts holding the ends of the shock to the suspension and the body. Repeat this step on the other side of the rear of the truck.

Step 3

Position the shock, and torque the upper nut to 15 foot lb and the lower nut and bolt to 64 foot lb. Repeat this step on the other side of the Tundra.

Mount the rear wheels and lower the rear end of the truck.

Tip

  • If you ever take your Tundra off-road, have a professional examine the shocks or struts for wear every time you have the tires rotated or balanced.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Ratchet set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Torque wrench

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